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Alpine hike: UNESCO high-altitude trail from Bettmerhorn to Eggishorn

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  • Aletschgletscher, View Point, Eggishorn
    Aletschgletscher, View Point, Eggishorn
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The ridge trail promises genuine challenges and fantastic views of the Aletsch Glacier and the Valais mountain scenery. Sure-footed hikers with a head for heights will love it!
Distance 3 km
3:00 h
372 m
149 m
2,870 m
2,648 m
The hike starts at the Bettmeralp cable-car mountain station. It takes about half an hour to reach the summit of the Bettmerhorn (2,647m) via a fixed rope route. From there you follow the partly exposed but well-secured ridge trail for about 1.5km, until you reach the steep descent down to Elselicka. Cable handrails are provided for your safety. The path along the ridge is designated an Alpine Route, meaning that it is suitable only for sure-footed hikers with no fear of heights! Keep to the white/blue marked path on this section! From Elselicka, the route follows a well-maintained hiking trail up to the mountain station of the Eggishorn cable car (2,869m), the end of the UNESCO high-altitude trail.

Author’s recommendation

Get yourself the Aletsch Explorer! The combined cableway and train ticket gives you unlimited travel in the Aletsch Arena!
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Update: October 26, 2022
Highest point
2,870 m
Lowest point
2,648 m
Best time of year

Track types

Forested/wild trail 50.72%Path 39.48%Via ferrata 9.78%
Forested/wild trail
1.5 km
1.2 km
Via ferrata
0.3 km
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Rest stops

Mountain hut Horli-Hitta

Safety information

Summer sports report

Use of the trails and the information on this website is at hikers’ own risk. Local conditions may entail changes to routes. Aletsch Arena AG accepts no liability for the accuracy and completeness of information on this website.

  • Bring a map. Download full description of this route including large-scale map by clicking on «Print» icon, top right of this page.
  • Use marked trails only, and observe all signposting – for your own safety, to safeguard grazing animals and to avoid disturbing wildlife.
  • Close gates after passing through.
  • Please be considerate to other trail users, and to the plants and animals.
  • Do not leave any waste in nature.
  • Take extra care protecting yourself from the sun at altitude. UV radiation can be exceptionally strong, even in cloudy weather.
  • Plan hike carefully: take into consideration fitness level of each participant, weather forecast and season.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains, without warning. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertain weather, turn back in good time.
  • Inform others of the route you plan to take. Whenever possible, avoid going alone.

Tips and hints

Aletsch Arena AG
Furkastrasse 39
CH-3983 Mörel-Filet
+41 27 928 58 58  



Bettmerhorn, top station of aerial cable car (2,647 m)
2'649'063E 1'140'115N
46.410598, 8.076719
46°24'38.2"N 8°04'36.2"E
32T 429038 5140083
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Eggishorn, top station of aerial cable

Turn-by-turn directions

Bettmerhorn, top station of aerial cable car – summit Bettmerhorn – Elselicka - Eggishorn, top station of aerial cable


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Public transport


By train from Brig or Oberwald to Betten valley station. Take the Bettmeralp cable car (Aletsch Bahnen AG) up to Bettmeralp. 

Getting there

Take Kantonsstrasse 19 to the Betten Valley Station exit. Take the Bettmeralp cable car (Aletsch Bahnen AG) up to Bettmeralp. 


Large pay car park near the valley station of the Bettmeralp cable car (Aletsch Bahnen AG). 


2'649'063E 1'140'115N
46.410598, 8.076719
46°24'38.2"N 8°04'36.2"E
32T 429038 5140083
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Get a free panoramic map at the cable car stations and info centres of the Aletsch Arena.  

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo maps 1:25’000: 1269 Aletschgletscher


We recommend: 
  • good footwear
  • clothing suitable for the weather: always carry a waterproof jacket
  • hat or cap
  • sunscreen
  • bottle for water
  • picnic
  • camera
  • binoculars (optional)
  • hiking poles (optional)
  • printout of this hike (click «Print» icon, to download)  

Questions and answers

Question from Benedikta Schwegler · August 05, 2020 · Community
Ist diese Wanderung auch in umgekehrter Reihenfolge machbar: Eggishorn - Bettmerhorn ? sind die exponierten Stellen mit einseitig steil abfallendem Gelände (schluchtartig)?
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Answered by Front Office · August 05, 2020 · Aletsch Arena AG
Diese Wanderung kann von beiden Seiten begangen werden. Sie ist in beiden Richtungen gesichert und beschildert.
Question from Patrick Goetschi · August 03, 2020 · Community
Bonjour, le sentier alpin de Bettmerhorn à l'Eggishorn est-il aussi faisable dans l'autre sens, difficulté identique ? Nous partons demain, les conditions météo semble défavorable, le sentier est-il praticable si le terrain est gras ? Nous avons une bonne expérience de la montagne et des sentiers bleu-blanc, nous gérons avec plaisir un T4. Nous partons en train de Romont jusqu'à Fiescheralp, et passons 2 nuits. Avez-vous un conseil concernant le prix des transport publique ? Merci d'avance pour votre réponse. Patrick
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Answered by Front Office · August 04, 2020 · Aletsch Arena AG
Bonjour, Ce chemin peut être suivi des deux côtés. Il n'est pas recommandé dans des conditions humides et brumeuses. Vous trouvez les prix des téléphériques ici: Si vous avez d'autres questions vous pouvez nous contacter / Tel +41 27 928 58 58 Meilleures salutations de Aletsch Arena
Question from bernard lefranc · June 16, 2020 · Community
Bonjour, le sentier d'altitude de l'UNESCO du Bettmerhorn à l'Eggishorn sera-t-il encore fermé du 20 au 27/06/2020? Merci d'avance pour votre réponse. Cordialement
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Answered by Aletsch Arena AG · June 18, 2020 · Aletsch Arena AG
Actuellement, il y a encore de la neige sur les sommets. Nous ne penserons pas que le sentier va ouvrir. Veuillez consulter le bulletin d'été,, pour savoir quels sentiers de randonnée sont ouverts.


Martina Mal
July 25, 2022 · Community
When did you do this route? July 24, 2022

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3 km
3:00 h
372 m
149 m
Highest point
2,870 m
Lowest point
2,648 m
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